The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

Thursday, 11 June 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College **Please note the change in venue**
Professor Thomas J. Christensen (William P Bosworth Professor of World Politics of Peace and War, Director of China and the World Programme, Princeton University)
Rosemary Foot
Rosemary Foot
East Asia Seminar


“Thomas Christensen has decoded the U.S.-China relationship with the analytical power of a leading scholar and the real-world lessons of a policymaker. The China Challenge is lucid, learned, and relentlessly sensible, navigating the great predicament of the twenty-first century.”

                                                   —Evan Osnos, National Book Award–winning author of Age of Ambition

Many see China as a rival superpower to the United States and imagine the country’s rise to be a threat to U.S. leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas J. Christensen argues against this zero-sum vision. Instead, he describes a new paradigm in which the real challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while encouraging the country to contribute to the global order. Drawing on decades of scholarship and experience as a senior diplomat, Christensen offers a compelling new assessment of U.S.-China relations that is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of the globalized world


Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Thomas J. Christensen is the William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics and director of the China and the World Program at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.